FACT CHECK: Did the Trump administration really 'lose' 1475 migrant children?

Arturo Kim
June 2, 2018

Advocates say many parents have lost track of their children in the process.

Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller's team as "13 angry Democrats, " although Mueller is a Republican.

"This is happening right now", Favreau wrote.

Ahead of the protests, NBC News reports that on Thursday, attorneys and advocacy groups filed an emergency request (pdf) with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights-which is part of the Organization of American States (OAS)-demanding the reunification of a group of parents and children separated at the Southern border, and that the US government provide therapy services "for the trauma caused by the forcible separations".

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep Tuesday, former President Barack Obama's domestic policy director, Cecilia Muñoz, stated unequivocally that separating children from their parents was not a policy the Obama administration followed. Many of these people are fleeing violence and other horrific conditions at home.

Prominent liberals shared this 2014 photo of two female detainees sleep in a holding cell in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Arizona. The caption refers to US efforts to process 47,000 unaccompanied children at the Nogales center and another one in Brownsville, Texas.

Is it true that the federal government lost the almost 1,500 immigrant children?

In fact, the Trump administration's policy is to prosecute all border crossers, including illegal alien parents who cross the border with their children.

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He is right about the misrepresentation, though it's not clear that many prominent Democrats jumped on this particular Twitter bandwagon. It's like the immigration version of a cop pulling you over, smashing your taillight, and then giving you a ticket for a taillight violation. Lost in Trump's "system". The Democrats gave us that law. "From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days." - tweet Sunday by actor Jim Carrey. So these parents, who are following the law and trying to do everything right, are nevertheless torn apart from their children, potentially for months on end. "And then, losing track of those children?" - tweet Friday by Preet Bharara, fired by Trump as US attorney for the Southern District of NY.

No. The 1,475 children arrived at the US border alone, without their parents.

The separation of undocumented immigrant families in Pennsylvania drew several advocacy organizations to protest outside Harrisburg's federal building for the National Day of Action for Children on Friday. The government in late 2017 was unable to reach 1,475 children after placing them with sponsors.

Of those minors, 6,075 remained with their sponsors - relatives or foster families, mostly - 28 had run away, five were removed from the US, 52 had moved to live with a non-sponsor, and 1,475 were unaccounted for. Twenty-eight had run away, five had been removed from the United States and 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor.

The department could not verify the whereabouts of 1,475. Either way, HHS has argued it is not legally responsible for what happens to the children after they leave its custody.

"What the Obama administration did, which is what the law requires, is to find shelter facilities for those kids, which were put together by the Department of Health and Human Services".

Worse, the Trump administration is circulating a proposal for a new rule under which the government would investigate potential guardians of unaccompanied kids.

THE FACTS: No law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress. The Trump administration has decreed that such attempts will be prosecuted, meaning the adults are detained, and any children who accompany them are separated. The tactic's increased use is being driven by Trump's own administration, which recently announced a new "zero-tolerance policy" in which it will press criminal charges against all people crossing the border illegally, even if they have few or no previous offenses. Under US protocol, if parents are jailed, their children would be separated from them. They called on Congress to change the law to reduce illegal immigration and child smuggling. "He has been separated from his daughter forever", the White House said on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

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